Officials Break Ground For New Viera Charter School
By Space Coast Daily // November 18, 2012
Expected To Open Next Fall
BREVARD COUNTY • VIERA, FLORIDA – Bright sunshine greeted those on hand to watch the ground breaking for a new charter school in Viera that will focus on science, technology, engineering and mathematics.
Viera Charter School is scheduled to open for the 2013-2014 school year and on Saturday, school and community leaders gathered to celebrate the beginning of construction of the new 40,334 square-foot two-story facility.
School board chairman Robert Jordan said he was pleased to see the project under way.
“This ground breaking represents something new in our community,” Jordan said. “We will be a crown jewel for this community.”
He introduced the team leading the project including Charter School Associates administrator and project partner Mike Strader, developer Joe Rauenhorst and other local civic and educational officials.
When completed in July, the school will initially serve 650 K-8 students in 33 classrooms.
Jordan said options are available to grow the facility for more classrooms if needed.
“This school is a gift to our children,” Jordan said. “We will provide all students expanded learning opportunities.”
The school will be privately run, but funded cooperatively by Brevard Public Schools.
Brevard County Commissioner Robin Fisher attended the ground breaking and the county welcomes the new school.
“We wish the charter school nothing but the best of luck,” Fisher said.
Brevard School Board member Andy Ziegler said he was excited about this new opportunity for students.
“I’ve got confidence that this will be education done right,” Ziegler said.
Viera High School principal Jim Hickey said he expects to work in concert with the charter school in producing students ready to tackle the challenges of the 21st century.
“Viera High School will be an important part of this charter,” Hickey said. “You’ve got my full support, so you better do well.”
Rauenhorst said the site plan includes ample parking, play fields and canopies over walkways.
He noted the school’s multi-color design, distinctive clockview and ssaid more than 70 percent of constuction woerk done on the building will be performed by contractors from Brevard County.
Jordan thanked Rauenhorst for generously offering his company’s services to get the project rolling.
“We are blessed to have a developer willing to invest more than $5 million in our community,” he said. “Viera Charter is on a path to greatness.”
The school will be located at 6206 Breslay Drive in Viera.